There is only one question about Saturday night's loss, and you see it above.
The Cubs couldn't hit Mike Minor Friday night. You shouldn't be too surprised at this. (Give Minor at least minor credit.)
Travis Wood and three relievers dominated the Pirates lineup for eight innings. Then came Marmol in the ninth. Fortunately, Nate Schierholtz gave the Cubs just enough of a cushion to win the game.
We knew the Cubs' offense would struggle at times this year. Wednesday night was one of those times. Players are doing all they can just to keep warm.
Two key parts of the Cubs' future core -- Anthony Rizzo and Jeff Samardzija -- helped lead the team to victory on a cold Opening Day in Pittsburgh. And what are the Cubs going to do with Carlos Marmol?
The Cubs closer had another rough outing. We keep hoping that's not a sign of things to come, but the way things are going, it just might be.
The Cubs ended the Arizona portion of preseason play by blowing an eighth-inning lead. We hope this is not an indication of things to come. Meanwhile, fans bid a fond farewell to decades of spring baseball at HoHoKam Park.